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  • ln30 (Photo by Tom Juggins on Unsplash)
    Article: Nov 27, 2020
    By Councillor Dave Busby

    Towering Inferno

    Plans for the redevelopment of Anglia Square in Norwich have gone up in flames after Local Government Secretary Robert Jenrick ruled that the development cannot go ahead. The area was set to be reinvigorated with 1,250 homes centred around a 20-storey tower block, a cinema, hotel and shops. The latest twist in this saga leaves the High Court as the final recourse for the developers.

  • dw
    Article: Nov 17, 2020

    As you are all aware the Lib Dems are members of a rainbow group at the County Council comprising of 5 LD's, 3 Green and 4 Ind. We did have an extra Ind. member but he decided to jump ship during the year to the Conservatives, I think he was worried about losing his seat at the forthcoming elections. We are now led by the Green Cllr Elfrede Bramley-Crawshore as has been our policy we have changed leadership every year, she took over from Penny Otton who is now her Deputy. I must admit we continue to punch well above our weight and are really the most effective opposition, although Labour are the official opposition they have proved sadly lacking at times.

  • hhgz
    Article: Nov 17, 2020

    It's been a very strange calendar year for local government as a whole, thanks, obviously to Covid19.

    In summary:

    Babergh (and Mid Suffolk) took a major support role during lockdown. There were a few teething problems with the emergency phone line, especially as staff were grappling with new systems needed for working from home. The Suffolk CC IT servers struggled to cope with new and enormous demands on capacity. Once things were sorted, I really believe the council functioned rather well. Virtually all staff were allocated to totally new roles, whilst a handful moved into specific roles to deal with the immediate crisis, or the potential recovery - as and when - or keeping the day job afloat. Bin collections were maintained except for a month without the brown wheelies being emptied. All council meetings were suspended initially.

  • Cllr. Bryn Hurren
    Article: Nov 15, 2020
    By Chairman Cllr Bryn Hurren.

    In these uncertain times our AGM had to be held on Zoom. Bryn gave athe following address

    Firstly, welcome everyone to our first and hopefully last, virtual meeting of this South Suffolk Lib Dem AGM. I say hopefully last, because this is not somewhere that we would wish to be for another year as the cost in lives and general well-being of all is untenable and unsustainable.

  • gsaw
    Article: Oct 2, 2020
    By Dave Busby

    The Government's White Paper on devolution and local recovery - expected to include proposals to reorganise local government in England - will not be published until next year, it is reported. Local Government Minister Simon Clarke MP, who was leading the reforms, resigned in early September. He had told the LGA's annual conference the paper would be published in September and would "pave the way for more unitary councils".

  • 9r4a
    Article: Sep 27, 2020

    We are privileged to live in such a beautiful part of the country, much of which is recognised as areas of outstanding natural beauty ( AONB) Such areas are designated exceptional landscape whose distinctive character and natural beauty are precious enough to be safeguarded in the national interest. AONBs are protected and enhanced for nature, people, business and culture.

  • Article: Sep 25, 2020
    By Dave Busby

    There is a site near the ski slope in Wherstead, alongside the A137, known as Klondyke Field. You may think that there is gold in this hill and you would be right - gold for the developer Bellway Homes. If there was ever a better example of profit over design then I would like to see it.

    Take 1 was when it came forward a few years ago when under the ownership of Pigeons. The outline application came with an indicative layout which was acceptable to the parish, planners and councillors. The site was duly sold with said planning approval.

  • l66w (Thanks to Matt Seymour for sharing their work on Unsplash.)
    Article: Sep 15, 2020
    By Councillor Dave Busby

    When you visit the fascinating town of Sudbury do you drive and then park in a short-term car park or look for a space around Market Hill? If so then you may be aware of the ongoing reduction in spaces - rerouting buses and the new health centre may take away even more spaces - such that there is talk of building a multi-storey car park. It seems like an obvious solution …. But.

  • gre
    Article: Sep 9, 2020

    Environmentally-friendly initiatives across Babergh and Mid Suffolk, including electricity micro-generation and solar storage carports, have received a major boost with government providing matched funding from the "Getting Building Fund". Sustainable technology projects across the districts will receive an injection of up to £800,000 with the money going towards a pilot scheme to introduce electricity micro-generation and storage solar carports in Sudbury and Stowmarket.

  • op92 (Thanks to Colin Czerwinski for sharing their work on Unsplash.)
    Article: Sep 8, 2020

    A family litter picking scheme run by Sudbury Town Council's community wardens, supported by Babergh District Council, is set to ensure Sudbury remains one of Suffolk's cleanest towns. The Volunteer Litter Picking Scheme, which was re-launched by the Community Wardens during lockdown in April 2020, has seen more than 50 local families sign up to borrow litter picking kit provided by Babergh District Council.